How to Spend 7 Days in Paradise – Lord Howe Island, New South Wales

Lord Howe Island

‘I’ll take TEN kilos off for your RED hair,’ the baggage handler announced as I stepped on to the scales clutching my hand luggage. Just as well, I thought, sneaking a peek at the reading. Boy, were those scales defective, or WHAT?! Luckily, the scales faced away from the crowds at the airport – who was going to believe that

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Climb Bald Rock – Australia’s BIGGEST Granite Monolith! via Tenterfield, NSW

Boulders on Bald Rock climb, via Tenterfield NSW

There’s no shame in taking the easy option. Is there? That’s what I kept telling myself on the Bald Rock climb, anyway. It’d been too long since I clocked up an Australian exclusive, so climbing Bald Rock, largest exposed granite rock in the Southern Hemisphere and centrepiece of the boulder-studded Granite Country around Tenterfield, was a no-brainer. Choosing the easier

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Random Adventures in the Scenic Rim: Part One

There’s a magical, mystical land where ancient, dense rainforests cloak majestic mountains, their serrated silhouettes marching across a dramatically sensational skyline. Where vertically columned cliffs fall into fertile valleys patch-worked with produce and criss-crossed by rocky streams. Picturesque hamlets dot the landscape providing shelter, food and a base from which to explore their impossibly scenic surroundings. Numerous National parks showcase

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A Day in the Border Ranges National Park

Berries and Leaves

If Australia’s aggressive marketing of itself as all sunshine, surf and sand; red rocks, red dust and reefs has infected you, then a visit to the Border Ranges National Park is the most effective antidote. Because the ancient sub-tropical rainforests of Gondwana that clothe the sheer cliffs formed by the eroded caldera of what’s left of a massive shield volcano

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Basalt, Birds and Balls Pyramid!

Balls Pyramid, via Lord Howe Island

‘The current’s running like a cut cat round the island,’ Jack shouted, firing up Noctiluca‘s powerful 200 horse power engines and guiding the eight-metre vessel into the bay. If not for the camera in one hand and a convenient strut for balance in another, I’d have high-fived Pilchard. On our first trip three years ago, our tour had been cancelled

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7 Reasons to Road-trip the Lions Road NSW

Queensland from Lions Road Border Crossing

****PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LIONS ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FROM 9TH JANUARY 2017, TO ALL TOURIST TRAFFIC, FOR APPROXIMATELY SIX MONTHS WHILST COUNCIL CARRIES OUT BRIDGE RENEWAL PROGRAM-6 WOODEN BRIDGES BEING REPLACED.****   More information and updates HERE on the Visit Kyogle website. As Aussie road trips go, the Lions Road NSW isn’t the best known. Or the longest. Or

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Why Woodenbong is a TOP Aussie Town!

Even if I’d been to Woodenbong BEFORE I listed the Aussie place names that WON’T keep you guessing, it never would have made the cut. Yes, there really IS a town called Woodenbong. And no, this Northern New South Wales town just south of the Queensland border and ~150 km west of coastal hot spot Byron Bay ISN’T named after

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World Exclusive at the Lismore Turf Club Loo! OZ Scenic Public Toilet #39

On a fine and sunny non-race-day Saturday morning, the Lismore Turf Club’s sensational sub-tropical setting is generally race-horse-and-people-free. And the Lismore Turf Club Loo is generally unused and unappreciated with an uninteresting view! But last Saturday morning the sunny serenity of the Lismore Turf Club Loo was disturbed by a sight never before seen anywhere in the WORLD. On that

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As HIGH as you can GO! Australian Scenic Public Toilet #37

View of HIGHEST Loo in OZ at Rawsons Pass from Mt Kosciuszko Summit, Snowy Mountains, NSW Some do it for the record. Some do it for the challenge. Some do it just because it’s there. But I climbed Australia’s highest mountain for the chance go as HIGH as I could go – at the highest Scenic Public Toilet in the

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